James Marshall Ricketts

James Marshall Ricketts12 was born on 28 Nov 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.316

James Ricketts was listed as a three year old male in the household of John Rickets on the 1850 census in Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana.17

He was listed as a 12 year old male born Indiana in the household of John Ricketts in Sugar Creek Township, Clinton, Indiana, United States in Jul 1860.18

He enlisted as a private in Co. K 7 Regiment of the Indiana Cavalry Volunteers on 18 Aug 1863 in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States.15,1923

James mustered into Company K 7th Regiment Indiana Volunteers Cavalry on 17 Sep 1863.24

He enlisted in the military was reported absent sick and in hospital in Nov 1863 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States.19,25

He  served in Company K 7th Indiana Cavalry between Dec 1864 and 19 Sep 1865.4,6,2627

James was discharged from the military on 19 Sep 1865 in Hempstead, Waller, Texas, United States.15,19,2124,28

He married Rachel Elmeda Christy on 12 Jul 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States.6,10,16,23,2941

On 7 Apr 1868, Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.4041

He received pension for service in K 7 Indiana Cavalry on 20 Apr 1870 .15,42

On 24 Apr 1870, Hulda May Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.4041

James M. Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1870 census. According to the census, James was 29 and born in Indiana. Also living in the household were Reachel, Artlissa and Jennie.43

On 9 Nov 1871, Annabelle Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.4041

On 29 Jul 1873, Daisy Pearl Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.4041

On 17 Mar 1875, Manford Milton Ebesnor Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.4041

On 17 Jun 1877, Charles Desmond Ricketts was born in Clinton, Indiana, United States.4041

He  purchased land being the N 1/2 SE 1/4 Section 6 Township 24 S Range 16 E for $825 from L W. Blumberg and his wife Martha on 18 Oct 1879 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.44

James M. Ricketts was listed as the head of the household on the 1880 census. According to the census, James was 32 and born in Indiana. James’ occupation was farming. Also listed in the household was his wife, Rachel A.; daughters Frances A., Hulda A., Anna B., Dais T and sons Manford and Esond. Ebenezer Christy was also living with the family.45

On 7 Oct 1880, Minnie Ricketts was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.41

On 7 Oct 1880, Dora Ricketts was born in Woodson, Kansas, United States.41

James lived in Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1881.15

He lived in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 4 Jul 1883.33

He  purchased land being SE 1/4 SEction 35 Township 23 Range 15 from J. M. Baldwin on 1 Nov 1883 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.46

James M Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1885 Kansas census. According to the census, James was 38 years old. Also listed in the household were R.E., Artlissa, Hulda May, Ana Bell, Daisy P, Manfor and Desmond. A. Christy was also living in the household.9

James lived in Byron, Woodson, Kansas, USA in 1889.47

J. M. Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1895 Kansas census. According to the census, J. M. was 48 years old and born in Indiana.12

He lived in Crandall, Coffey, Kansas in 1898.40

James Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1900 census. According to the census, James was born Nov 1848 in Indiana. James and his wife, Rachel had been married 35 years. Also living in the household was his wife, Rachel, and a son, Manford.48

He owned the SE 1/4 Section 35 R15E T23S in 1904 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.49

James was listed as a 58 year old male born in Indiana on the 1905 Kansas census living in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Mar 1905.11

He lived in Vernon, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1907.22

He spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Briles on 25 Aug 1907 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.50

James lived in Vernon, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 30 Nov 1909.33

 James M Ricketts was listed as the head of the household on the 1910 census. According to the census, James was 62 years old and born in Indiana. Also living in the household was his wife, Rachel.51

He lived in Vernon, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1912.15

J.M. Ricketts was listed as the head of the household on the 1915 Kansas state census in Woodson County. According to the census, J.M. was a 67 year old farmer born in Indiana.13

James M Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1920 census. According to the census, James was 72 years old and born in Indiana. Also living in the household was his wife, Rachel E. Ricketts.52

He died on 28 Nov 1920 at the age of 73 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.34,8,14,16,23,3637,5355

James was buried on 29 Nov 1920 in Liberty (Dutro), Woodson County, Kansas.8,14,5657

He had his estate probated on 8 Jan 1921 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.58

   

Endnotes: 

    1. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12 Image 18 of 76, family 74, J M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 April 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        2. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 10 Image 19 of 70, family 76, J M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 April 2021)

        3. Entry, Descendants of John Reed, 32543 Carlyle St., Hayward, CA 94544, (Reed.IN.052); , . Hereinafter cited as Descendants of John Reed.

        4. , (Ricketts.KS.003), Dutro Cemetery, , .

        5. Kentuckians in Ohio and Indiana (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986)

        6. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Died” Friday Dec. 3, 1920, page 4, col 3 (Ricketts.Notebook); ,

        7. James M. Ricketts file; James M. Ricketts;  (: ), Pension Record.

        8. Ancestry Database, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).

        9. Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1885 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1885_143; Line: 9.

        10. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 446.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        11. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1905_172; Line: 22.

        12. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1895 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: v115_164; Line: 8.

        13. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; Roll: ks1915_258; Line: 18.

        14. James Marshall Ricketts, death certificate #104 898 (29 November 1920), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        15. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1912 Declaration for Pension James Ricketts.

        16. “Obituary – Ricketts,” Woodson County Advocate (Yates Center, Kansas), 24 December 1920, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 8 April 2021).

        17. 1850 U.S. Census, Clinton County Indiana, population schedule, Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana, page 406, household 10, John Rickets; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); NARA microfilm pubication M432.

        18. 1860 U.S. Census, Clinton County Indiana, population schedule, Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana, page 149, houshold 1088, John Rickets; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653.

        19. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1870 Military Pension Application James RIcketts.

        20. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1865 Indiana Certificate Military Service for James Ricketts.

        21. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1893 Military Certificate of Service James Ricketts.

        22. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1907 Declaration for Pension James Ricketts.

        23. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1921 Declaration for Widow’s Pension Rachel Ricketts.

        24. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1892 Declaration for Invalid Pension James Ricketts.

        25. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1887 Adjutant General’s Office Report.

        26. Kansas, Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889, J M Ricketts, 1889; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017). Original Source: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, Kansas State Historical Society.

        27. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1883 General Affidavit James Ricketts.

        28. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1870 Declaration for Invalid Army Pension.

        29. Marriage Record, Vol. 5, # 1, page 12 (Ricketts.IN.006).

        30. Clinton County Indiana Marriage Records 1830-1852 (Owensboro, KY: Cook-McDowell Publications, 1980), p. 10 #879 (Ricketts.IN.008). Hereinafter cited as Clinton County Indiana Marriage Records.

        31. , Marriage Record, Book 4 page 498 (Ricketts.Notebook) ().

        32. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Died” Frday, Feb. 4, 1927, page 7 col. 4 (Ricketts.Notebook); ,

        33. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, (Ricketts.Notebook).

        34. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : [AccessType] [AccessDate]; [Page].

        35. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,”Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (August 2018), James M Ricketts.

        36. “Obituary – Mrs. J. M. Ricketts,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 4 February 1927, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 August 2020).

        37. “Died,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 December 1920, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

        38. “Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007,” database with images, FamilySearch (familysearch.org : viewed online 6 October 2020), James N Ricketts.

        39. James Marshall RIcketts, Military and pension record of James Marshall Ricketts (: U.S. Government), Ricketts Notebook.

        40. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1898 Bureau Pensions Questions James RIcketts.

        41. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1915 Pension Questionnaire James Ricketts.

        42. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, James M Ricketts, 20 April 1870; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018).

        43. 1870 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Indiana, population schedule, Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana, page 9 Image 9 of 25, family 66, Ricketts James M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

        44. Kansas, Woodson. Deed Records,.  Film ##1428638 DGS 8561551. James Rickets, 18 Oct 1879 Book H: page 385 (image 367); digital images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : vieed online 8 April 2021.#1428638 DGS 8561551

        45. 1880 U.S. Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 58, page 7 Image 7 of 15, household 53, James M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        46. Kansas, Woodson. Deed Records,, James Rickets, 1 Nov 1883; .

        47. Ancestry.com, Kansas, Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013).

        48. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, KS, ED 186, sheet 3B Image 6 of 18, household 162, Ricketts James; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503

        49. Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas 1904 (: , 1904)

        50. “Rock Creek Sr,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 27 August 1907, p. 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

        51. 1910 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 147, Sheet 2B Image 4 of 16, household 47, Ricketts James M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624

        52. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 156, Sheet 2B Image 4 of 13, household 41, James M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        53. “Crandall,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 2 December 1920, p. 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

        54. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, 1921 Affidavit H. S. Johnson.

        55. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, Affidavit J W Depew.

        56. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for James M Ricketts (1847-1920), Find a Grave Memorial no. #41926097, created by Robin Hixon, citing Liberty Dutro Cemetery, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Robin Hixon, James M Ricketts.

        57. BillionGraves, digital images of tombstone, BillionGraves (billiongraves.com : viewed online 8 April 2021), memorial for James M Ricketts 91847-1920), BillionGraves created by mcphilbrick, citing Dutro Cemetery, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by DdraigGoch, James M Ricketts.

        58. Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987, J M Ricketts, 8 January 1921; database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018).

Land Distribution

Do you ever get lost in the ‘half of quarter of quarter’ language in a deed or will? I know that I did when reading and transcribing the will of James Marshall Ricketts.

The land in question was purchased by James M. Ricketts in 1883.

Book Q Page 143
Deed Record

This Indenture, made this 1st day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty three, between J. M. Baldwin and Hannah A Baldwin his wife of Liberty in the county of Woodson and state of Kansas of the first part and J. M. Ricketts of Everett in the County of Woodson and State of Kansas of the second part:

Witnesseth, that the said parties of the first part, in consideration of the sum of two thousand dollars to them duly paid have sold, and by these presents do grant and convey to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land situated in Woodson County, and State of Kansas, and described as follows to-wit:

The SE 1/4 of Section 35 Township 23 South of Range 15 East 160 acres more or less

With the appurtenances, and all the estate, title and interest of the said parties of the first part therein. And the said first part do hereby covenant and agree, that at the delivery hereof they are the lawful owners of the premises above granted, and seized of a good and indefeasible estate of inheritance therein, free and clear of all incumbrances and that they will Warrant and defend the same in the quiet and peaceable possession of said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns forever, against the lawful claims of all persons.

In Witness whereof, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals, the day and year above written.

James M. Baldwin
Hannah A Baldwin

State of Kansas, Woodson County, ss.

On this 1st day of November A.D. 1883, before me a Probate Judge in and for said County, came J. M. Baldwin and Hannah Baldwin his wife to me personally known to be the same persons who executed the foregoing instrument, and duly acknowledged the execution of the same.
In Testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my official seal, on the day and year last above written.

{I] S Jones
Probate Judged

Filed for Record this 1st day of November 1883, at 4 o’clock P.M.
W. N. Bailey, Register of Deeds
By J F Bell Deputy

A 1904 plat map of Woodson County, Kansas shows where the land was located in Liberty Township.

To figure out how the land was divided in the will, I used Excel to draw a square 16 cells by 16 cells to represent the section. I then divided that square in fourths to identify the Southeast 1/4.

I then divided the SE 1/4 into fourths. From there, I divided the bottom two (Southern) squares into half. I now had the boundaries for the land described in the will. This allowed me to color in each of the items from the will.

Drawing out the land helped me understand how the land was passed down to the children.

Mothers in My Tree

#52Ancestors #MothersDay

(Maiden names are being used)

(3) My Mom

  • Four children
  • 1 died infancy

(5) Winnie Letha Currey

  • Three children
  • 1 died in infancy
  • 1 died as a young adult prior to marriage

(7) Pauline Mentzer

  • Five children
  • 1 died around 9 months

(9) Josie Winifred Hammond

  • Seven children
  • 3 boys and 4 girls

(11) Winnie Mae Hutchinson

  • Nine children
  • one baby only lived a month
  • a second baby lived about 5 months
  • son, Henry Currey, died at age 13
  • Winnie died in 1913, leaving Herbert 18, Myrtle 14, Mary 12, Winnie 10, Earnest 7, and Alma 1 1/2
  • Total of 5 boys, 4 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls in 1913 when their mother died

(13) Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts

  • Four children
  • 2 boys and 2 girls

(15) Nettie Adell Wells

  • Five children
  • 3 boys and 2 girls

(17) Mary Foster

  • Five children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(19) Sarah Ellen Ralston

  • Hammond Genealogy say 9 children
  • No documentation of first three children: William R. R. Hammond b 1864 and Homer L. Hammond b 1865 and Judson F. E. Hammond b 1866 found at this time
  • First three children have birth dates prior to her marriage
  • A fourth child, Glenn M. Hammond, is listed in the Hammond Genealogy. This child only lived one year. No other documentation found to date
  • Five documented children
  • 2 boys and 3 girls

(21) Angelina Jane Burke

  • Ten children
  • 6 boys and 4 girls

(23) Julia Harding

  • Eleven Children
  • Death dates currently unknown on 4 of the children: Frederick b1867, Cary b1869, Francesca b1879 and Elvira b 1884
  • 7 boys and 4 girls with 4 boys and 3 girls reaching adulthood

(25) Sarah Jane Thompson

  • Two children
  • 1 boy and 1 girl

(27) Rachel Elmeda Christy

  • Eight children
  • Set of twins did not survive. One died when almost one month old and the other died when a little over 3 months old.
  • 2 boys and 6 girls with 2 boys and 4 girls surviving to adulthood

(29) Emeline Minnick

  • Eight children
  • 6 boys and 2 girls

(31) Salome Adell Crandall

  • Four children
  • A boy, Freddie, lived about 7 years
  • A girl, Mary, lived about 9 months
  • Two girls survived to adulthood and married brothers

1915 Pension

Not only are marriage records one of the treasures found in military pension files, but so are names and birthdates of the children. Below is a transcription of a 1915 affidavit submitted by James M Ricketts as part of his pension applications.

Department of the Interior
Bureau of Pensions

Sir: Please answer, at your earliest convenience he questions enumerated below. This information is requested for future use, and it may be of great value to your widow or children. Use the inclosed envelope, which requires no stamps.
Very Respectfully
G M Sltz[aberg]

James M Ricketts
Vernon Kansas
361910 Act May

No. 1. Date and place of birth? Answer. Clinton CO. Ind
The name of organizations in which you served? Answer. Co K 7 Indiana Calvry

No. 2. What was your post office at enlistment? Answer. Burlin Clinton Co. Ind

No. 3. State your wife’s full name and her maiden name. Answer. Rachel Elmeda Christy – Ricketts

No. 4. When, where nd by whom were you married? Answer July the 12th 1866 Dr. Gosset

No. 5.Is there any official or church record of your marriage? __ If so, where? Answer. The official record, should be at Frankfort Ind

No. 6. Were you previously married? If so, state the name of your former wife, the date of the marriage, and the date and place of her death or divorce. If there was more than one previous marriage, let you answer include all former wives. Answer. No.

No. 7. If your present wife was married before her marriage to you, state the name of her former husband, the date of such marriage, and the date and place of his death or divorce, and state whether he ever rendered any military or naval service, and if so, given name of the organization in which he served. If she was married more than once before her marriage to you, let your answer include all former husbands. Answer. Never married before

No. 8. Are you now living with your wife, or has there been a separation? Answer. Living together yet

No. 9. State the names and dates of birth of all your children, living or dead. Answer
Francis Artliissa Born 1868 Apr 7th
Hulda May Born Apr 24th 1870
Annabelle “ Nov the 9th 1871
Dasie Pearl “ July the 29 1873
Manford “ March the 17 1875
Charles “ June the 17 1877
Dor& Mini born Oct the 7 1880 diseased in year 1881

Date April 3 1915

(Signature) James M. Ricketts

Ricketts Marriage

Have you tried to obtain the military pension record for any of your ancestors? If so, did you discover a marriage license buried in those documents?

That is the case for many of my civil war ancestors’ pension files, including that of James Marshall Ricketts.

Marriage License – Clinton County, IN
Found in Book 4:489


James M. Ricketts
to
Rachel E Christy
Be it Remembered that in this 7th

day of July 1866, the following

marriage license was issued, to wit:


State of Indiana, to-wit: Clinton County
All Who Shall see These Presents, — Greeting:
[?] Ye, That any person legally authorized to solemnize matrimony, is hereby licensed to join in
[?] as Husband an Wife Mr. James M. Ricketts and
Miss Rachel E. Christy and for so doing, this shall be his sufficient authority.
In Testimony Whereof, I Daniel P. Barnes, Clerk of the Clinton Circuit Court, hereunto
subscribe my name, and affix the seal of said court, this 7th day of July
1866
Daniel P. Barnes, Clerk
[Be] it Further Remembered, that on this 6th day of August 1866
[follo]wing certificate was filed in my office, to-wit:
[S]tate of Indiana, to-wit: Clinton County
[This] certifies that I joined in Marriage, as husband and wife, Mr. James M. RIcketts
Miss Rachel E. Christy on the 12th day of July 1866
James M. Go[sett], Minister
[?] and recorded
David P. Barnes, Clerk

James Marshall Ricketts

James Marshall Ricketts12 was born on 28 Nov 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States.314

James Ricketts was listed as a three year old male in the household of John Rickets on the 1850 census in Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana.15

He was listed as a 12 year old male born Indiana in the household of John Ricketts in Sugar Creek Township, Clinton, Indiana, United States in Jul 1860.16

He enlisted in the military on 11 Sep 1863 in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States.17

James  served in Company K 7th Indiana Cavalry between 18 Sep 1863 and 19 Sep 1865.4,6,1718

He was discharged from the military on 19 Sep 1865 in Hempstead, Waller, Texas, United States.17

He received pension for service in K 7 Indiana Cavalry on 20 Apr 1870 .19

James M. Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1870 census. According to the census, James was 29 and born in Indiana. Also living in the household were Reachel, Artlissa and Jennie.20

James  purchased land being the N 1/2 SE 1/4 Section 6 Township 24 S Range 16 E for $825 from L W. Blumberg and his wife Martha on 18 Oct 1879 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.21

James M. Ricketts was listed as the head of the household on the 1880 census. According to the census, James was 32 and born in Indiana. James’ occupation was farming. Also listed in the household was his wife, Rachel A.; daughters Frances A., Hulda A., Anna B., Dais T and sons Manford and Esond. Ebenezer Christy was also living with the family.22

He lived in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 4 Jul 1883.17

He  purchased land being SE 1/4 SEction 35 Township 23 Range 15 from J. M. Baldwin on 1 Nov 1883 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.23

James M Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1885 Kansas census. According to the census, James was 38 years old. Also listed in the household were R.E., Artlissa, Hulda May, Ana Bell, Daisy P, Manfor and Desmond. A. Christy was also living in the household.9

James lived in Byron, Woodson, Kansas, USA in 1889.24

He sold mortgage on the Se 1/4 Section 10 Township 24 Range 17 and the N 1/2 NW 1/4 Section 8 Township 25 Range 17 for $1000 to Thomas Hoffern on 7 May 1892 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.25

J. M. Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1895 Kansas census. According to the census, J. M. was 48 years old and born in Indiana.12

James Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1900 census. According to the census, James was born Nov 1848 in Indiana. James and his wife, Rachel had been married 35 years. Also living in the household was his wife, Rachel, and a son, Manford.26

He owned the SE 1/4 Section 35 R15E T23S in 1904 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.27

James was listed as a 58 year old male born in Indiana on the 1905 Kansas census living in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 1 Mar 1905.11

He spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Briles on 25 Aug 1907 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.28

He lived in Vernon, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 30 Nov 1909.17

 James M Ricketts was listed as the head of the household on the 1910 census. According to the census, James was 62 years old and born in Indiana. Also living in the household was his wife, Rachel.29

J.M. Ricketts was listed as the head of the household on the 1915 Kansas state census in Woodson County. According to the census, J.M. was a 67 year old farmer born in Indiana.13

James M Ricketts was listed as the head of household on the 1920 census. According to the census, James was 72 years old and born in Indiana. Also living in the household was his wife, Rachel E. Ricketts.30

James died on 28 Nov 1920 at the age of 73 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.34,6,8,14,3134

He was buried on 29 Nov 1920 in Liberty (Dutro), Woodson County, Kansas.8,14,35

He had his estate probated on 8 Jan 1921 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.36

Preparer:

  Marcia Philbrick

  803 N 8th

  Seneca, KS

        1. 1895 Kansas State Census, Woodson County Kansas, Kansas State Census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 12 Image 18 of 76, family 74, J M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 April 2021); Kansas State Historical Society

        2. 1905 Kansas Census, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, state census, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 10 Image 19 of 70, family 76, J M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 5 April 2021)

        3. Entry, Descendants of John Reed, 32543 Carlyle St., Hayward, CA 94544, (Reed.IN.052); , . Hereinafter cited as Descendants of John Reed.

        4. , (Ricketts.KS.003), Dutro Cemetery, , .

        5. Kentuckians in Ohio and Indiana (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986)

        6. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Died” Friday Dec. 3, 1920, page 4, col 3 (Ricketts.Notebook); ,

        7. James M. Ricketts file; James M. Ricketts;  (: ), Pension Record.

        8. Ancestry Database, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012).

        9. Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1885 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: KS1885_143; Line: 9.

        10. Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), Source number: 446.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MP1.

        11. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1905 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: ks1905_172; Line: 22.

        12. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; 1895 Kansas Territory Census; Roll: v115_164; Line: 8.

        13. , Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925, Kansas State Historical Society; Topeka, Kansas; Roll: ks1915_258; Line: 18.

        14. James Marshall Ricketts, death certificate #104 898 (29 November 1920), Kansas State Board of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Topeka, Kansas.

        15. 1850 U.S. Census, Clinton County Indiana, population schedule, Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana, page 406, household 10, John Rickets; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018); NARA microfilm pubication M432.

        16. 1860 U.S. Census, Clinton County Indiana, population schedule, Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana, page 149, houshold 1088, John Rickets; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653.

        17. James M. Ricketts, Military Pension, James M. Ricketts, (Ricketts.Notebook).

        18. Kansas, Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889, J M Ricketts, 1889; database with images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2017). Original Source: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, Kansas State Historical Society.

        19. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, James M Ricketts, 20 April 1870; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018).

        20. 1870 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Indiana, population schedule, Sugar Creek Township, Clinton County, Indiana, page 9 Image 9 of 25, family 66, Ricketts James M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132

        21. Woodson County, Kansas. Book H, Page 385 (Ricketts.KS.010).

        22. 1880 U.S. Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Everett Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 58, page 7 Image 7 of 15, household 53, James M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T9

        23. Woodson County, Kansas. Book Q page 143 (Ricketts.Notebook).

        24. Ancestry.com, Kansas, Enrollment of Civil War Veterans, 1889 (Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013).

        25. Woodson County, Kansas. Deed Indexes Book 3, Refers to Book Y page 213 (Ricketts.KS.007).

        26. 1900 U.S. Census, North Township, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, KS, ED 186, sheet 3B Image 6 of 18, household 162, Ricketts James; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); FHL microfilm: 1240503

        27. Standard Atlas of Woodson County, Kansas 1904 (: , 1904)

        28. “Rock Creek Sr,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 27 August 1907, p. 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

        29. 1910 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 147, Sheet 2B Image 4 of 16, household 47, Ricketts James M; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624

        30. 1920 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population schedule, Liberty Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 156, Sheet 2B Image 4 of 13, household 41, James M Ricketts; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T625

        31. “Yates Center News”, (Yates Center, Kansas), to (), “Died” Frday, Feb. 4, 1927, page 7 col. 4 (Ricketts.Notebook); ,

        32. “Crandall,” The Daily Republican (Burlington, Kansas), 2 December 1920, p. 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online July 2018).

        33. “Died,” The Yates Center News (Yates Center, Kansas), 3 December 1920, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

        34. “Obituary – Mrs. J. M. Ricketts,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 4 February 1927, page 2; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 August 2020).

        35. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online September 2016), memorial for James M Ricketts (1847-1920), Find a Grave Memorial no. #41926097, created by Robin Hixon, citing Liberty Dutro Cemetery, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by Robin Hixon, James M Ricketts.

        36. Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987, J M Ricketts, 8 January 1921; database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online August 2018).

Ricketts Photos

James Marshall Ricketts and his wife lived in Woodson County, Kansas. These are the only pictures I have for this family.

Ricketts Family – Spring 1920 in KS
Ricketts Family – Spring 1920 in KS

Wedding Photos

Fearless Females – Marriage

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1) Check out Lisa Alzo’s “Fearless Females 2021” blog post prompts and write about one of them.

“Do I have marriage records for my grandparents and great-grandparents?”

Grandparents: Leon Russel Crawford and Winnie Letha Currey were married on Christmas Eve in 1919 at the home of her sister in Dodge City, Kansas.

Grandparents: Edward Osmond Briles and Pauline Edith Mentzer were married on Oct. 29, 1915 in Yates Center, Kansas

Great Grandparents: Judson Foster Crawford married Josie Winifred Hammond on Christmas Eve 1890 in Dodge City, Kansas. (Photo is from their 50th wedding anniversary celebration.)

Great Grandparents: Hiram Miles Currey married Winnie Mae Hutchinson on May 13, 1891 in Jackson County, Missouri. I do not have a wedding picture for them or a picture of them together.

Great Grandparents: Edward Grant Briles married Frances Artlissa Ricketts on Feb. 19 1890 in Woodson County, Kansas. (Not sure when photo was taken, but it may have been for their 50th wedding anniversary.)

Great Grandparents: Charles Oliver Mentzer married Nettie Adell Wells on Oct 18, 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. (Photo taken later in their lives, but am unsure of date.)

My Ahnentafel

It’s almost the new year and time again for resolutions. Perhaps you’ve attempted Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over or Amy Johnson Crowe’s ’52 Ancestors’ blog prompts or for the super ambitious, the Genealogy Photo a Day challenge? In the past 5 years, I believe I have started all of these — but finished none.

Randy Seaver’s recent blog post, Dear Randy, How Do You Make that Descendant List in Your ’52 Ancestors’ Posts?, prompted me to review my blogging to see how far I got with blogging about my ancestors.

To start, I used RootsMagic to create an Ahnentafel chart showing my ancestors. Then I searched my blog to see what I have written about those ancestors.

I’m happy to admit that I have successfully blogged about my 3rd and 4th generation ancestors. However, this review also shows that I wasn’t successful with my 5th generation, all of whom I have already researched.

Generation 3

4. Leon Russel Crawford: born 6 Feb 1894 in Newton, Harvey, Kansas, United States; married 24 Dec 1919 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 3 Oct 1976 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs:

5. Winnie Letha Currey: born 30 Jun 1903 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; died 11 Feb 1992 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

6. Edward Osmond Briles: born 21 Jun 1891 in Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 29 Oct 1915 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 28 May 1956 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

7. Pauline Edith Mentzer: born 28 Mar 1896 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 16 Jul 1984 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

Generation 4

8. Judson Foster Crawford: born 15 Apr 1866 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 24 Dec 1890 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; died 19 Feb 1949 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

9. Josie Winifred Hammond: born 9 Feb 1874 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 27 Sep 1954 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

10. Hiram Miles Currey: born 23 Oct 1866 in Missouri, United States; married 13 May 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; died 15 Sep 1943 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

11. Winnie Mae Hutchinson: born 6 May 1871 in Osage, Mitchell, Iowa, United States; died 23 Sep 1913 in Olathe, Johnson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

12. Edward Grant Briles: born 18 Jul 1869 in Coffey, Kansas, United States; married 19 Feb 1890 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 23 Jul 1951 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

13. Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts: born 7 Apr 1868 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Apr 1947 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

14. Charles Oliver Mentzer: born 1 Jul 1869 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; married 18 Oct 1893 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 15 Aug 1955 in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

15. Nettie Adell Wells: born 5 Feb 1873 in Woodson, Kansas, United States; died 9 Feb 1939 in Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

                Blogs

Generation 5

16. Washington Marion Crawford: born 21 Apr 1838 in Warren, Indiana, United States; married 4 Mar 1860 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 23 Aug 1889 in Ford, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

17. Mary Foster: born 28 Aug 1842 in West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; died 21 Jan 1929 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

18. Richmond Fisk Hammond: born 20 Nov 1840 in Licking, Ohio, United States; married 1 Jan 1867 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; died 8 Apr 1928 in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, California, United States.

Blogs

19. Sarah Ellen Ralston: born 11 May 1849 in Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States; died 18 Oct 1892 in Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States.

20. Hiram M. Currey: born 13 Aug 1835 in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; married 3 Aug 1856 in Weston, Platte, Missouri, United States; died 2 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

21. Angelina Jane Burke: born 30 Oct 1836 in Kentucky, United States; died 26 Mar 1901 in Lansing, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States.

22. Albert Hutchinson: born abt 1838 in Northhampton, Fulton County, New York; married 14 Sep 1859 in Black Hawk, Iowa, United States; died 22 Jul 1896 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

23. Julia Harding: born 1840 in New Brunswick, Canada; died 4 Jan 1892 in Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States.

24. Noah Washington Briles: born 1840 in Randolph County, North Carolina; married 9 Aug 1866 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; died 14 Jul 1879 in Coffey, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

25. Sarah Jane Thompson: born 7 Aug 1843 in Warrick, Indiana, United States; died 17 Aug 1930 in Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States.

26. James Marshall Ricketts: born 28 Nov 1847 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; married 12 Jul 1866 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 28 Nov 1920 in Liberty Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

27. Rachel Elmeda Christy: born 28 Apr 1845 in Clinton, Indiana, United States; died 27 Jan 1927 in Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States.

28. George Mentzer: born 12 Jun 1838 in Stow, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married 1 Jan 1868 in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States; died 19 Jan 1912 in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.

Blogs

29. Emeline Minnick: born 6 Aug 1848 in Pittsburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania; died 13 Sep 1927 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

30. Thurston Kennedy Wells: born 26 Feb 1821 in Sullivan, Madison, New York, United States; married 20 Mar 1861 in Van Buren, Iowa, United States; died 3 Jun 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

31. Salome Adell Crandall: born 24 Jun 1836 in Ohio, United States; died 30 Aug 1893 in Woodson, Kansas, United States.

In my defense, I have a LOT of blog posts about my research of the various Crawford families in early Lincoln, Madison and Garrard counties, Kentucky. However, I haven’t done as well with my own ancestors. I guess one of my goals for 2021 should be to create blog posts for each of these 5th generation ancestors. Hopefully, that is one goal that I can accomplish!

Honoring the Veterans in My Family

Anyone who has lived in Emporia, Kansas realizes that Veteran’s Day is a MAJOR holiday. Today, we take time to honor those who have served and who are serving. Thus, I would like to take a walk thru my family tree to honor my veteran ancestors.

World War II

Eugene Crawford

Between 15 Feb 1945 and 1 Aug 1946, Eugene served at the Naval Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi and at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. He shipped out on the USS Oneida (APA-221) towards the end of the War in the Pacific as seaman 1st class in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He received the Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.


Esther Crawford Noll

Esther served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the European Theater between 1942 and 1945.

Hugh Judson Crawford

Hugh Crawford served in the U.S. Navy Seabees

Walter Emery Briles

Walter enlisted in March 1942 in Los Angeles, California serving in the U.S. Army. Walter was discharged in 1944 but re-enlisted in 1946 and served until 1958.

World War I

Leon Crawford

LeonCrawford began his military service on 26 April 1917 in Dodge City, Kansas. He was appointed wagoner 2nd class gunner in the 25th AA Battery, 1st AA Sector. Leon was a wagoner at St. Misner 2nd Battle of the Marne from 31 March 1918 to 31 May 1918 in France.

Leon served with others from Dodge City including his brother-in-law Russel Horton and his brother, Marion.

War between the States

Washington Marion Crawford

Washington Marion Crawford enlisted in Company H of the 2nd Regiment of the New York Calvary Volunteers on 3 August 1861 serving as a sergeant. W. M. Crawford was captured in September 1863 and was imprisoned in Andersonville and Belle Isle. He was paroled on 7 Dec 1864 in Florence, South Carolina.

Richmond Fisk Hammond

Richmond Fisk Hammond enlisted as a private in Company E 177 Illinois Volunteers on 26 May 1861. He also served in the 1st Illinois Calvary Volunteers and in Company D 14th Regiment Illinois Calvary. Richmond Hammond was captured near Atlanta, Georgia on 5 Aug 1864 and was imprisoned at Andersonville.

Richmond Hammond and Washington Marion Crawford both moved to Dodge City, Kansas after the war. Richmond’s daughter, Josie, married Washington’s son Judson in Dodge City.

Other Civil War Veterans

Hiram M. Currey served as a private in Company B of the 12th Regiment of the Kansas State Militia in 1864.

Albert Hutchi(n)son began his military service on 1 Sept 1862 in Independence, Iowa. He served as a private in Company D of the 1st Regiment of the Iowa Calvary Volunteers. Albert re-enlisted on 1 Jan 1864 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Noah Washington Briles enlisted on 13 Jun 1861 in Ottumwa, Iowa serving in Company I of the 1st Regiment Iowa Calvary Volunteers. His father, Alexander Briles served in 1864 under Captain John Douglas in Company I of the Kansas State Militia.

James Marshall Ricketts enlisted 11 Sept 1863 in Indianapolis, Indiana serving in Company K of the 7th Indiana Cavalry.

George Mentzer began his military service on 25 Sep 1861 serving in Company C of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry.

Alexander Briles served with the Kansas Militia under Captain John Douglas in Company I.

Revolutionary War

Nathaniel Hammond served the revolutionary cause by supplying provisions to the soldiers families between 1776 and 1783 in Bolton, Connecticut.

There could easily be other revolutionary war ancestors in my tree. However, I haven’t proven my descent from any of the other known patriots.